Milton Young Musicians Festival Overview

General Information:

The Milton Young Musicians Festival is now open to all ages and all grades 1-12 who take private lessons.

We have rolled the Elementary Festival into the new and improved Young Musicians Festival. We will accept all ages and all levels. Each student receives a 15 or 20 minute time slot with their instruments’ adjudicators. They play their pieces and receive written and oral comments in their audition. They will then receive a Bronze, Silver or Gold Medal to be handed out and recognized at the Awards Assembly later in the day.

Students will fill out the application for the festival with new guidelines for the younger grades. Grades 1 - 4 can choose between new “A&B” Levels which will include 1 or 2 pieces from the beginning repertoire for their instrument and a single octave scale of their choosing or they may choose to play from the regular levels 1 - 6. The new levels are listed in the Repertoire and Scale requirements sections. The Application Form has been updated to reflect these changes.

Also new for this year: Scales for Levels 4 - 6 in all instruments are chosen by the student. Participants in those levels will choose the two scales they would like to play.

Lynn Salmonsen is the Director of The Milton Young Musicians Festival. The mission of the Festival is to encourage town wide support of young people with an interest in music, and to foster the development of performance skills.


The Festival encourages musicians in the following instrumentations: Voice, Piano, Strings (violin, viola, cello, bass), Percussion, Woodwinds (flute, piccolo, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, bassoon) and Brass (trumpet, french horn, trombone, baritone, tuba).


Check this website for any updates to the repertoire listings. Please note that the compositions listed on the repertoire lists are guidelines. Students do not need to play any of these specific pieces. Please contact Ms. Salmonsen with any questions

lynn AT mindspring DOT com

or by phone (617-835-8481‬).


Participating students will be asked to perform a piece or pieces they have prepared in advance (refer to the MYMF Repertoire page for guidelines in selecting your prepared piece). Participants are also expected to have learned all the scales for their Level and instrument (listed on the scale requirements page). The performer will be asked to play one scale of their choice during their audition; the adjudicator will then select one or two additional scales from that list for the student to play. The time and location for each student’s audition will be published well in advance.

Students receive adjudication according to their Level. Medals are awarded on the basis of adjudication sheets completed by judges who are themselves experienced musicians and music educators.

As a recognition of their participation and achievement, every participant will be presented with a medal (Gold, Silver or Bronze) at the Award Ceremony which concludes the day. Students who have been awarded Gold Medals (representing the highest achievement in their Level) will be invited to perform their selection again at the Gold Medal Concert.